Daniel Pelka's story 'will haunt every head teacher'

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has defended the teachers at Daniel Pelka's school saying that they: "acted properly on the information available."

Daniel Pelka's story will haunt the thoughts of every head teacher. It is an appalling tragedy.

Heads cannot prevent all human evil without treating every parent as a potential criminal but they will always ask whether they could do more and always seek to learn when things go wrong.

NAHT firmly believes that the leaders and staff of Little Heath acted properly on the information available and within the limits of the powers they had been given. It is extremely important to remember that no amount of vigilance by a school can compensate for the wilful misdirection of a deceptive and manipulative individual. Daniel was murdered by his mother and her partner, not by his school.

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